Guy Burstein

Guy Burstein (he/him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MSW, LCSW

Healing, Embracing, and Transforming

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503-701-1050

833 SW 11th Ave

Suite 214

Portland, 97205

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $150-$175

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 1997

Languages: English

Faith: Buddhism, Judaism, Interfaith, Multifaith

Services

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Group
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Coventry
  • First Choice Health
  • First Health
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My Approach to Helping

In my experience, life is better and easier if you have someone that understands you, sees it from your point of view, and helps you navigate through it. A good therapist is like a fellow traveler who journeys with us into awareness, facilitating the insight necessary to heal and grow. I am a passionate facilitator of this process, helping my clients make sense of their lives and relationships, heal what's kept them stuck, explore new ways of being and live richly. The therapy we do is deep and has long-lasting effects, and the changes become your second nature, even after therapy ends.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Before becoming a therapist, I worked for six years as a welder, four years as a homesteader, and ten years as a political organizer and activist. At age 40, I spent four years finishing my undergraduate degree and earning my Masters degree in Social Work. I've worked for the past 20 years in Portland, first at community mental health clinics and then for the past 16 years in private practice. I completed two years in post-graduate studies in Contemporary Relational Psychoanalysis, and advanced training in marriage and couples therapy. I've been practicing meditation for over 25 years and have taught mindfulness meditation to personality disordered clients in outpatient settings.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Eclectic External link

    While primarity psychodynamic (exploring underlying habitual thoughts, beliefs and behaviors), I also am trained in attachment theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, marriage and family therapy, Jungian-based depth therapy, and contemporary Relational Psychoanalysis.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    I help couples identify negative emotional interactional styles rather than assigning blame. One safety has strengthened, the underlying emotions or hurt, anger, fear, and sadness emerge that allow couples to more deeply communicate while re-establishing trust. With trust strengthened, we can negotiate differences, heal past wounds, and let go of disconnecting beliefs and attitudes.

  • Depression External link

    To understand depression, I consider genetic predisposition, childhood traumas, relationships disruptions, capacity for insight and spiritual receptivity. The first step isto embrace sadness, emptiness and despair as powerful teachers of life's most profound lessons, not simply as diseases or symptoms to be eliminated by any means necessary.

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